Dead organic matter such as dead trees and fallen leaves can be broken down. Mold colonies can grow indoors, which is a problem. Knowledge is the best weapon to fight this silent threat to your health and that of your family.
Stachybotrys Chartarum, also known as black mold, is one of the most dangerous types of mold. Black mold health effects can affect anyone, regardless of their age, race, gender, or socioeconomic status. The very young, elderly and people with autoimmune disorders are at greatest risk.
This information will help you to understand the health effects of black mold.
Why Mold Toxic?
Toxic black mold can cause mycotoxins. These substances make black mold unattractive in your home.
Mycotoxins are found on the surface and inhaled by black mold spores. Mycotoxins can rapidly mutate, putting a wrench in your immune system. Mycotoxins can also suppress your immune system, by producing chemicals in your body. People with suppressed immune systems are more susceptible to the negative effects of black mold.
Mycotoxins can also cross into your brain via your eyes and nose. Your brain is directly connected to your olfactory neurons without any barrier. This means that anything you inhale can be transmitted directly to your brain, even if it is not odorous. Mycotoxins found in the air can pass through your optic nerve to your brain, even if they come into contact with your eyes. Mold-induced sinusitis may cause serious brain problems if not treated quickly.
Black Mold Health Effects
There are many health issues that can be linked to chronic exposure to black mould mycotoxins. Some examples include:
- Other symptoms of cold and flu include a runny nose, stuffy nose, coughing, fever and sneezing.
- Problems with the respiratory system such as wheezing and chest tightness, nose bleeding, and nosebleeds
- Asthma sufferers are more likely to experience asthma attacks
- Asthma can develop in children, particularly those who are genetically predisposed to it.
- Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is an immune-mediated condition in those who are susceptible
- Hair loss
- Memory loss
- Skin rashes and dermatitis
- Pulmonary hemorhaging
- Fatigue and muscle aches
- Multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases can lead to the formation of multiple sclerosis.
- Learning disabilities and their development
Most black mold health effects are minor and include a decrease in asthma attacks and cold symptoms. If you are exposed to high levels of black mould mycotoxins for a prolonged period, you may experience a host of other health effects.
It can be difficult to identify the source of the problem. It’s easy for mold growth to be hidden and cause a new problem. You should consult a healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about your health.
Mold can grow wherever there is enough moisture. Mold does not need to grow in floods or other obvious problems. However, a small crack in a tile or hidden plumbing leak could cause mold growth. Only a professional can identify and remove hidden mold growth.